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The latest update as of October 24, 2020


Top Alcohol Dragster

And then there were two ... national events that is. With the 2020 NHRA Camping World schedule rapidly winding down, the championship battles are intensifying as literally "every round counts" at this point. That axiom is especially so in the Top Alcohol Dragster division, as Shawn Cowie lost his very short-lived lead in the point standings following a second-round loss at Dallas last weekend. Jumping back to the top was defending national champion Megan Meyer, who brought the hammer down hard in the final round, blasting out a 5.126 - 279.09 to obliterate first-time finalist, and worthy opponent, Aaron Cooper.

Meyer's performance nearly equalled her other-worldly dominance displayed at the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals on Labor Day weekend. She rewrote the record books with a blistering 5.097 - 278.81 pass in the second-round, then followed it up with an even more amazing 5.090 - 280.54 effort in the semi-finals. It certainly looks like Team Meyer is on a mission to send her into "retirement" on a high note with back-to-back championships.

But the championship chase is not over yet, as Cowie is still within striking distance, just 32 points behind Meyer, with three points earnings events left on his schedule. And it could come down to the second Las Vegas Western Region race, happening the week following the Dodge NHRA Finals. If Cowie could win that event, he would gain 42 points that could ultimately decide the TAD champion. But to be in a position to capitalize on that last race of the year, he must keep pace with Meyer this weekend and next at Houston and Las Vegas. Even better, if he could close the gap during those two races, then the pressure on him to go for broke at the last race would be lessened somewhat.

First things first though, as qualifying starts later today at Houston, with a short 13-car field in Top Alcohol Dragster. The big bonus available for the low qualifier is a possible second round bye run directly into the semi-finals. Considering that the #1 qualifier gets to face the racer at the bottom of the field, there will be some very serious attempts to secure that spot. We'll bring the results as soon as they come in today, and throughout the weekend, so stay tuned to this space.

Top Alcohol Funny Car

The situation is much clearer on the flopper side of the alchohold pits. The current, and almost season-long points leader is Doug Gordon and he could clinch the championship if everything falls his way this weekend. He's got a 124 point lead over the #2 (and defending champion) Greg Bellemeur, and is 134 points in front of #3 Brian Hough, going into this weekend's race. If Gordon qualifies for eliminations, which is a foregone conclusion with only ten cars in the pits, then Bellemeur has to win the event to stay in contention for the championship. Even a runner-up finish would see the chase end on Sunday afternoon.

Hough's chances are even slimmer, as he needs to win both races and have Gordon fail to qualify at the Las Vegas event, which is not likely as there are only 15 cars on the pre-entry list at this time. So, for all intents and purposes, Hough is looking at a third place finish in the championship standings, a drop of one position from his #2 finish last season.


The latest update as of October 12, 2020


TOP ALCOHOL National Points Standings and "COUNTDOWN" Status


Don't go reaching for the magnifying glasses just yet. Click on the tables below and they will open in a larger, and much easier to read, format.

TAD National Points Standings

TAFC National Points Standings

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER -

The following tables show just where the racers are at this moment, and what their prospects are over the next four weeks. Note that in the Top Alcohol Dragster standings, the top eight runners are all entered at this week's event in Dallas. It may go a long way towards determining the national/world championship. With a revised points structure due to the truncated season, racers can count points earned at all six national events that Top Alcohol competes in, along with two (of their first five) regional races.

The current points leader in TAD, Shawn Cowie has a definite leg up on most of his competitors, as only Duane Shields and his "Northwest Nemesis" Joey Severance also appeared at Pomona. That gives this trio an extra points boost and may well be the difference maker by the end of the season. With the revised points earning opportunities on the regional front, once a racer has two regional wins, they will have amassed the maximum points available. Three racers have done just that, with Megan Meyer using them to stay close to Cowie, while Jackie Fricke and Rachel Meyer have done well regionally, with two wins apiece, but not so well on the national stage and are well back in the standings.

The second through fourth racers in the standings cannot claim any more regional points, while Cowie still has one chance to gain the maximum, at the final event on the 2020 calendar, the Las Vegas regional race happening after the Dodge NHRA Finals. Also in the same boat is Joey Severance, who could use that final race of the year to gain an extra 21 points towards his total. One spot below Severance in the standings, Josh Hart could gain 42 points at that event, while Cowie stands to also gain 42 points if he could win the event. Finally, long-shot contender (#8 in the points currently) James Stevens, could likewise add 42 points to his total with a win at the Las Vegas regional.

There's so many scenarios possible, but it will all become at least somewhat clearer by Sunday afternoon when eliminations conclude at the Texas Motorplex. With a full field of blown alky (four) and injected nitro (twelve) cars entered, and points earning capabilities as follows: 1st-round loser (31), 2nd-round loser (42), semi-finalist (53), runner-up (64) and winner (85) points, the standings could look quite different by next week. Note that oil-downs cost five points per occurence.


TAD Countdown

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR -

It's been an almost all Doug Gordon season, despite losing in the final round at the Winternationals back in February. It didn't take him long to take over the top spot though, with a victory at the "Baby Gators" event in early March putting him in the #1 position. Then the pandemic hit and everything came to a very sudden halt for nearly four months. The long layoff didn't hurt Gordon at all though, as he domianted the Denver race in late June to max out his regional points in just three outings. At this point he was so far ahead of his nearest competitor, Greg Bellemur that the championship was looking like it mnight be locked up early.

By the time the second national event of the season unfolded, nearly seven months after the season opener, the nerest pursuer was Brian Hough, only 49 points in arrears, while Bellemeur sat in fourth place, 59 points behind. The surprise Winternationals winner Aryan Rochon, was still hanging in the chase, less than 50 points behind. From there down to the bottom of the Top Ten, the fifth place racer, D.J. Cox Jr. was 80 points down, but still well ahead of the rest of the list. As in the dragster standings, a good showing at the Winternationals was the biggest factor in the points race going into the traditional "Big Go" at Indianapolis on Labor Day weekend.


TAFC Countdown


The latest update as of October 12, 2020


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NHRA Western Regional - Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park - Chandler, AZ


Here's the pictures from the first two rounds of eliminations on Saturday at Phoenix. We'll provide the details on the final round, but sadly, no pictures of them. As per usual, the dragsters came out first, with four pairs ready to battle for the event win. Following them were the two pairs of funny cars, unfortunately far from a full field.

Casey Grisel --- (left lane) Ron Anderson vs (right Lane) Casey Grisel

(LEFT) Casey Grisel

(RIGHT) Ron Anderson (left lane) 13.783 - 72.26 vs Casey Grisel (right Lane) 5.352 - 263.67

Steve Griboski --- Joey Severance

(LEFT) Steve Griboski

(RIGHT) Joey Severance

(left lane) Joey Severance vs (right lane) Steve Griboski

Joey Severance (left lane) 5.616 - 258.86 vs Steve Griboski (right lane) 12.329 - 77.68

Johnny Ahten --- (left lane) Brandon Greco vs (right lane) Johnny Ahten

(LEFT) Johnny Ahten

(RIGHT) (left lane) Brandon Greco 9.309 - 88.66 (right lane) Johnny Ahten 12.746 - 61.04

Shawn Cowie --- (left lane) Shawn Cowie vs (right lane) Mike Austin

(LEFT) Shawn Cowie

(RIGHT) (left lane) Shawn Cowie 5.368 - 269.46 (right lane) Mike Austin 18.864 - 37.83

Ray Martin ---

(LEFT) Ray Martin

(RIGHT) (left lane) Ray Martin 5.758 - 248.43 vs (right lane) Hunter Jones 5.810 - 252.05

Scoreboard shot

(left lane) Hunter Jones 5.810 - 252.05 vs (right lane) Ray Martin 5.758 - 248.43

Don Hudson --- Jay Payne

(LEFT) Don Hudson

(RIGHT) Jay Payne

(left lane) Jay Payne vs (right lane) Don Hudson

(left lane) Jay Payne 5.707 - 259.96 (right lane) Don Hudson 11.559 - 80.27

(left lane) Brandon Greco vs (right lane) Casey Grisel --- (left lane) Joey Severance vs (right lane) Shawn Cowie

(LEFT) (left lane) Brandon Greco vs (right lane) Casey Grisel

(RIGHT) (left lane) Joey Severance vs (right lane) Shawn Cowie

Scoreboard shot

The scoreboards tell the tale as Severance advances to the final round on a holeshot. The true margin of victory was 0.032 seconds; half a car length.



The latest update as of October 11, 2020


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NHRA Western Regional - Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park - Chandler, AZ

After a long hot day in the blazing SouthWestern sun, our correspondent, "BIG" Bob Snyder left before the second, and what became the final, qualifying session. With just enough cars to fill the dragster field, and only four funny cars, the decision to axe the third session was made by NHRA Division Seven Director Mike Rice. Here's the final qualifying positions and numbers.


Qualifying sheet Top Alcohol Dragster - Session #2

Qualifying sheet Top Alcohol Funny Car - Session #2

The latest update as of October 10, 2020


NHRA Division Seven Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series banner

NHRA Western Regional - Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park - Chandler, AZ

We've got some pictures from yesterday's Top Alcohol (Dragster and Funny Car) first qualifying session at the NHRA Division Seven divisonal-Western Regional event. Our ever-intrepid photographer, Bob Snyder left after the first session due to the extreme (100+ F) temperature, but he's promised to be back at the track today for eliminations. We'll have more details as we get them.


Hunter Jones ---

(LEFT) Making his season debut at Phoenix was Hunter Jones in his 2010 Monte Carlo.

(RIGHT) Pairing up with Jones in the first session, Don Hudson burns out for the first time in quite a few years. It's been even longer since he last ran in Top Alcohol, as his nitro nostalgia flopper has been competition choice in recent years.

(left lane) Hunter Jones vs (right lane) Don Hudson

In the left lane, Hunter Jones was in trouble right from the hit, and his 14.110 - 82.14 left him at the bottom of the slim 4-car field. In the right lane, Don Hudson didn't fare that much better, as his 7.064 - 141.83 showed that he was off the throttle before half track. Despite the medicore timeslip, he was still #2 in the field after the session.


Ray Martin --- Jay Payne

(LEFT) Turning the big slicks for the first time since the Winternationals (seven months ago!), Alaska's Ray Martin showed no signs of rust,

(RIGHT) Entering the last month of his drag racing career, soon-to-retire Jay Payne pulled through the waterbox in his famous "ThunderSlug" Camaro.

(left lane) Jay Payne vs (right lane) Ray Martin

From the left lane, Jay Payne got off the line in fine shape, but was out of it before the 330' clocks, finally timing in at 8.356 - 146.96 to end up in the third spot in the field. On the other side, Ray Martin jumped to the top of the ladder with a very decent 5.799 - 248.93 clocking to easily outdistance the rest of the field.


After the first session ended, the qualifying sheet for the Funny Cars went as follows:

Qualifying sheet Top Alcohol Funny Car - Session #1

Steve Griboski --- Johnny Ahten

(LEFT) Coming down from the high country of Colorado, Steve Griboski, showed up to compete in his only second regional event of the year, and looking to improve on his 5.613 best at Denver in June.

(RIGHT) Another racer making his first appearance since the season-opening Winternationals, was Los Angeles county fireman Johnny Ahten, and he got up on the tires quickly in his first burnout of the weekend.

(left lane) Steve Griboski vs (right lane) Johnny Ahten

In the left lane Steve Griboski made his first shot count as a solid (and season best) 5.559 - 262.59 lit up the scoreboards. Meanwhile, in the right lane, Johnny Ahten had his injected fueler grumble and drop cylinders enroute to a so-so 5.774 - 252.54 opening run.


Mike Austin --- (left lane) Mike Austin vs (right lane) Ron Anderson

(LEFT) In what appears to be an old Jim Whiteley (J&A Services) car, Mike Austin came down from Oregon and tried to get on the right side of the win-loss ledger, after three straight first-round exits in previous 2020 appearances.

(RIGHT) In the left lane Mike Austin put down a decent 5.629 - 250.55 to sit in the middle of the pack after the first session, while over in the right lane, California's Ron Anderson lit up the tires - as you can clearly see in the photo - on the launch and slowed to a bottom of the field 14.855 - 71.27 clocking.


Brandon Greco --- Casey Grisel

(LEFT) It was certainly surprising to see Brandon Greco haul his car all the way from Pennsylvania for this race. With his maximum number of regional events already claimed, and well down in the national standings, his appearance was a bit of a mystery. However, given the unpainted/wrapped body panels, he could have been testing a new car. Even stranger, he hasn't entered any of the three remaining national events.

(RIGHT) With a chance to move into the top ten in the national standings if he could win the event, Casey Grisel made the short tow to Wild Horse with co-owner and crew chief Jerry Darien ready to lay down some serious nitro-powered numbers.

(left lane) Casey Grisel vs (right lane) Brandon Greco

In the left lane, Casey Grisel put down a solid opening effort, stopping the clocks at 5.489 - 260.51, while over in the the right lane, Brandon Greco outran him with a slightly better 5.451 - 255.82 on his first full pass of the weekend. (He made two test runs on Thursday but was off the throttle early on both).


Shawn Cowie --- Joey Severance

(LEFT) With the last pair being the top two contenders in the field, Shawn Cowie lights up the tires big-time on his usual banzai burnout.

(RIGHT) Doing almost the same pre-run routine, Joey Severance shows some serious RPM's on the burnout with the hard-running J&A Services car prior to facing arch-rival Cowie.

(left lane) Shawn Cowie vs (right lane) Joey Severance

Saving the best (pair) for last, Shawn Cowie (on the left side) pounded out a big number to kick off his weekend, with a 5.294 - 274.05 lighting up the boards, while over in the right lane, Joey Severance had some issues just past the 330' clocks - after an awesome 0.891 60' time - and pedaled his way to an early shutoff 5.845 - 193.43 time.

Shawn Cowie --- Shawn Cowie scoreboard

(LEFT) Just past the 60' clocks, Shawn Cowie is already showing a lot of tire speed enroute to the quickest and fastest time of the first session.

(RIGHT) We close our qualifying coverage with a view of Shawn Cowie's scoreboard, showing the 5.294 - 274.05. His short numbers were as follows: 60' (0.937), 330' (2.389), 660' (3.511), 660' speed (220.73), 1000' (4.472).

After the first session ended, the qualifying sheet for the dragsters went as follows:

Qualifying sheet Top Alcohol Dragster - Session #1

The latest update as of October 6, 2020



Alamo Motorplex - Funny Car Chaos

FUNNY CAR CHAOS World Finals - San Antonio (Alamo City Motorplex) - Qualifying Session #3 (FINAL)


Damon Kuhn - 'Passin' Gas' --- Nick Poloson - 'Bucket List'


Eric Eoff - 'Shazam!' --- Lyle Greenberg - 'Cone Hunter'


Jordan Ballew - 'Ballew Thunder' --- Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation 2.0'


Randy Mueller - 'Crazy Randy' --- Shayne Lawson - 'Man O' War'


Chris Schneider - 'Brutus' --- Chris Schneider - 'Brutus'


Robert Slaughter - 'Smokey Bear' --- Nancy Matter - 'The Guardian'


Nancy Matter --- Chris Graves moving the mob


FUNNY CAR CHAOS World Finals - San Antonio (Alamo City Motorplex) - Eliminations - Round One


Danny Smith - Snafu --- Steve Vang - 'Wicked Weekend Warrior'


Jordan Ballew - 'Ballew Thunder' --- Chris Schneider - 'Brutus'


Damon Kuhn - 'Passin' Gas' --- Nancy Matter - 'The Guardian'


Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven' --- Allan Middendorf - 'American Outlaw'


Lyle Greenberg - 'Cone Hunter' --- (left lane) Ronny Young - 'Blue Max' vs (right lane) Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation 2.0'


Shayne Lawson - 'Man O' War' --- Eric Eoff - 'Shazam!'


FUNNY CAR CHAOS World Finals - San Antonio (Alamo City Motorplex) - Eliminations - Round Two


(near lane) Tod Barker - 'Back in Black' vs (far lane) Chris Schneider - 'Brutus' --- (near lane) Nancy Matter - 'The Guardian' vs (far lane) Danny Smith - 'Snafu'


(near lane) Ronny Young - 'Blue Max' vs (far lane) Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' --- (near lane) Allan Middendorf - 'American Outlaw' vs (far lane) Mark Billington - 'Sons of Thunder'


Ray Kelley - 'Game Xchange' Jet Dragster


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FUNNY CAR CHAOS World Finals - San Antonio (Alamo City Motorplex) - Eliminations - FINAL Round


(near lane) Nancy Matter - 'The Guardian' vs (far lane) Tod Barker - 'Back In Black' --- Ken Singleton - 'High Risk'


FUNNY CAR CHAOS World Finals - San Antonio (Alamo City Motorplex) - Pit Shots


Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation 2.0' --- (left) Gary Doak - 'Bucket List' - (right) Jake Sanders - 'American Outlaw'


(left) unidentified - (right) Allan Middendorf - 'American Outlaw' --- Allan Middendorf - 'American Outlaw' - packing the chutes


--- unidentified pit thrash


Nancy Matter - 'The Guardian' signing autographs --- Shayne Lawson & family - 'Man O' War'


(left) Chris Graves - (right) John Troxel - 'Brutus' - #2 in 2020 FCC Points --- (left) Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation 2.0' - (right) Chris Graves - #3 in 2020 FCC Points


(left) Nancy Matter - (right) Chris Graves - ---



The latest update as of September 20, 2020



Kearney Raceway - Funny Car Chaos

FUNNY CAR CHAOS - Kearney Raceway - Qualifying Session #3 (FINAL)


Matt Nissen - 'Runnin' Down A Dream' --- Dave Gallegos - 'Nitro Clown'

Danny Smith - 'Snafu' --- Jordan Ballew - 'Ballew Thunder'

Justin Herbst - 'Scorpion' --- Back-Up Girls (BUGs)

Jim Chase - 'Hot Pursuit' --- Doug Newkirk

Joe Gallegos - Nitro Clown 2 --- Joe Gallegos - Nitro Clown 2

Steve Timoszyk - 'Detroit Tiger' --- Steve Timoszyk - 'Detroit Tiger'

Scott Pareso --->

<A HREF= Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation'

Doug Schneider --->

<A HREF= Doug Schneider --->

<A HREF= Doug Schneider

Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' --->

<A HREF= Ken Singleton - 'High Risk'

(near lane) Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' vs (far lane) Danny Smith --->

<A HREF= (near lane) Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven' vs (far lane) Daniel Butherus - 'Ratatude'

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Round One Eliminations


Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation' --- Tom Furches - 'Made In America'

Tom Furches - 'Made In America' --->

<A HREF= Jeo Gallegos - 'Nitro Clown 2'

Doug Schneider --- Ken Singleton - 'High Risk'

(near lane) Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven' vs (far lane) Daniel Butherus - 'Ratatude' --- Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven'

(near lane) Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven' vs (far lane) Daniel Butherus - 'Ratatude' --- (near lane) Justin Herbst - 'Scorpion' vs (far lane) Dave Gallegos - 'Nitro Clown'

Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire' --- Kurt Duckworth - 'Complete Chaos'

Kurt Duckworth - 'Complete Chaos' --- Kurt Duckworth - 'Complete Chaos'

(near lane) Matt Nissen - 'Runnin' Down A Dream' vs (far lane) Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire' --- Dave Gallegos - 'Nitro Clown'

Fred Farndon - 'Play It Loud' --- Fred Farndon - 'Play It Loud'

At the conclusion of the first round, long-time series regular - and a nitro racer from waaaay back - Fred Farndon made his final pass down the dragstrip after announcing his retirement at this event. The crew followed him down to tow him back to the pits for the final time and wrap up his six decade long career in drag racing. And "Play It Loud" turned down the volume forever.

Fred Farndon - 'Play It Loud'

Ray Kelley - 'Game Xchange' Jet Dragster --- Ray Kelley - Game Xchange Jet Dragster


Round Two Eliminations (Semi-Finals)


(near lane) Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation' vs (far lane) Jim Chase - 'Hot Pursuit' --- Ken Singleton - 'High Risk'

(near lane) Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire' vs (far lane) Kurt Duckworth - 'Complete Chaos'


Final Round Eliminations


(near lane) Justin Herbst - 'Scorpion' (with backup crew) vs (far lane) Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire'

(near lane) Justin Herbst - 'Scorpion' vs (far lane) Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire' --- (near lane) Justin Herbst - 'Scorpion' vs (far lane) Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire'

(near lane) Jim Chase - 'Hot Pursuit' vs (far lane) Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' --->

<A HREF= (near lane) Jim Chase - 'Hot Pursuit' vs (far lane) Ken Singleton - 'High Risk'


The latest update as of September 12, 2020



Kearney Raceway - Funny Car Chaos

Another week, another Funny Car Chaos event. This weekend it's coming from Kearney Raceway in the heart of corn country. Last night's second qualifying session was pretty much a write-off due to unseasonably cold track temps (62 F!), but the first session, in the early afternoon was a good one. This exhibition event (to replace the cancelled Martin, MI points race) featured a wild assortment of Fuel Altereds, some on nitro, some on alky, one turbocharged, along with some new faces to the Chaos show.

Here's our first installment of Friday's qualifying, with much more to follow. As always, stay tuned!


FUNNY CAR CHAOS - Kearney Raceway - Qualifying Session #1


Jordan Ballew - 'Ballew Thunder' --- Danny Smith

Justin Herbst - 'Scorpion' --- Scott Pareso

Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire' --- Jim Chase - 'Hot Pursuit'

Fred Farndon - 'Play It Loud' --- Fred Farndon - 'Play It Loud'

Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' --- Doug Schneider

Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven' - (oil spill!) --- Daniel Butherus - 'Ratatude'

Joe Gallegos - 'Nitro Clown 2'

Pit Shots

Motes & Williams - Top Gas Dragster --- Pit Thrash

(LEFT) Here's something you don't see every day: an honest-to-goodness twin-engine blown gas-burning Top Gas Dragster from 1970. Fifty years ago, Ray Motes drove and partner R.C. Williams wrenched this behemoth to some of the most awesome performances of that era.


Nostalgia Front-Engine Dragsters


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<A HREF=


FUNNY CAR CHAOS - Kearney Raceway - Qualifying Session #2


Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation' --->

<A HREF= Jim Chase - 'Hot Pursuit'

Tom Furches - 'Made In America' --->

<A HREF= Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven'

Steve Timoszyk - 'Detroit Toger' --->

<A HREF= Doug Newkirk


The latest update as of September 10, 2020



Mo-Kan Dragway - Funny Car Chaos

Going into Saturday afternoon's final qualifying session, the low e.t. was held down by Nick Poloson at 3.954, the #8 qualifier (bottom of the "A" Field) was Keith Jackson at 4.465, and the #16 car (bottom of the "B" field) was Gary Wheeler Jr. at 4.850. Top speed from Friday was clocked by #2 qualifier, and FCC points leader, Ken Singleton at 192.88 mph. With the "Mass Chaos" car of John Umlauf parked with terminal blower problems, just four cars remained to attempt to fight their way into eliminations.

FUNNY CAR CHAOS - Mo-Kan Dragway - Pit Shots


Boyd Olar - 'The Bandit' --- Broken Blower - 'OUCH!'

Trying to unravel the mystery of the 'chutes --- Three-seater dragster

Qualifying Session #3 (FINAL)


Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' --- Gary Wheeler Jr. - 'The Mistress'

Matt Nissen - 'Runnin' Down A Dream' --- Damon Kuhn - 'Passin' Gas'

Mike Buchanan - 'Hombre' --- Daniel Butherus - 'Ratatude'

Shayne Lawson Man 'O War' --- Shayne Lawson BUG - BackUp Girl

Jordan Ballew - 'Back In Black' --- Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven' (far lane) vs Steve Vang - 'Wicked Weekender' (near lane)

Chris Schneider - 'Brutus'


Eliminations - Round One


Crowd standing for the national anthem --- Track crew and racers standing for the national anthem

(near lane) Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' vs (far lane) Chris Schneider - 'Brutus' --- (near lane) Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation' vs (far lane) Shayne Lawson - 'Man O' War'

(near lane) Levi Keenan - 'Illinois Thunder' vs (far lane) Nancy Matter - 'The Guardian' --- (near lane) Nick Poloson - 'Bucket List' vs (far lane) Tod Barker - 'Back In Black'

(near lane) Jeff Krug - 'Obsession' vs (far lane) Jordan Ballew - 'Ballew Thunder' --- (near lane) Daniel Brutherus - 'Ratatude' vs (far lane) Matt Nissen - 'Runnin' Down A Dream'

(near lane) Steve Vang - 'Wicked Weekender' vs (far lane) Bill Naves - 'Shooting Star' --- (near lane) Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven' vs (far lane) Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire'


Eliminations - Semi-Finals


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Eliminations - Finals


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Winners Circle


Matt Nissen - 'Runnin Down A Dream' - B Field WINNER --- Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven' - B Field - Runner-Up

Nick Poloson - 'Bucket List' - A Field WINNER --- Ken Singleton - High Risk - A Field Runner-Up


The latest update as of September 7, 2020


There's been so much happening in the world of drag racing over the past month that it's been very difficult to keep up with. Changes and cancellations and revisions to schedules have been the predominant theme. However, there has been some racing thrown into the mix with two more NHRA national events at Indianapolis's Lucas Oil Raceway. Yesterday we saw the conclusion of the 66th annual U.S. Nationals (DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA US Nationals to be exact) and the day before, the sixth event on the FUNNY CAR CHAOS schedule went off before a packed crowd at Asbury, Missouri's Mo-Kan Dragway.

We'll start today's update with a look back at qualifying Friday night at Mo-Kan. Details will follow soon. We've also got all the action from Saturday's final qualifying session and eliminations from Mo-Kan. Look for that coverage tomorrow. And, as a special bonus, we've got some great pictures from the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals in early August. Stay tuned for that report.


Mo-Kan Dragway - Funny Car Chaos

Originally scheduled to be run in late April, the "better late than never" axiom applied, as 22 rompin' stompin' Funny Cars invaded Mo-Kan Dragway for the third annual Decades of Wheels event. With this race being the sixth of seven points events on the FCC calendar, it was extremely important for the championship contenders to run well and improve their positions in the standings. We start our coverage with Friday night's first two (of three) qualifying sessions.

Clark Speed Special - A/FX Chevy II --- Spectators

Daniel Butherus - 'Ratatude' --- Chris Schneider - 'Brutus'

Bill Naves - 'Shooting Star' --- Mike Buchanan - 'Hombre'

Nick Poloson - 'Bucket List' --- Nick Poloson - 'Bucket List'

Jeff Krug - 'Obsession' --- Levi Keenan - 'Illinois Thunder'

Gary Wheeler Jr. - ' The Mistress' --- Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire'

Nancy Matter - 'Guardian' --- John Umlauf - 'Mass Chaos'

Tod Barker - 'Back in Black' --- Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven'

Doorslammer --- Chris Schneider - 'Brutus'

Damon Kuhn - 'Passin' Gas' --- (near lane) Jordan Ballew - 'Ballew Thunder' vs (far lane) Steve Vang - 'Wicked Weekender'

Daniel Butherus - 'Ratatude' --- (near lane) Levi Keenan - 'Illinois Thunder' vs (far lane) Daniel Butherus - 'Ratatude'

(near lane) Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' vs (far lane) Jeff Krug - 'Obsession' --- Gary Wheelr Jr. - 'The Mistress'

Shayne Lawson - 'Man 'O War' --- Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation'


The latest update as of August 21, 2020


We've got some bonus race coverage to present today, as our old (well... he's not that old) friend Bill Jefery recently attended the third of four NHRA Indy events, the DODGE Nhra Indy Nationals and got some great shots from the grandstand with his new long lens. Having few spectators in the stands helped him avoid the complications of people getting in the way of the images. We'll add the details to go with the pictures when we have time, but for now, here's the first installment of the two-day event.


DODGE NHRA Indy Nationals logo

We'll start our report on the third NHRA Indy Nationals with some qualifying action for the Top Alcohol cars. Details will follow soon....


TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER - Qualifying Session #2

Julie Nataas - AFD --- Julie Nataas

Julie Nataas 5.341 - 266.74

(near lane) Krista Baldwin vs (far lane) Mike Bucher --- (near lane) Will Smith vs (far lane) Brandon Greco

(LEFT) (near lane) Krista Baldwin 5.472 - 265.64 vs (far lane) Mike Bucher 5.356 - 267.80

(RIGHT) (near lane) Will Smith 5.531 - 262.85 vs (far lane) Brandon Greco 6.080 - 182.98

(near lane) Mick Steele vs (far lane) Jackie Fricke --- (near lane) Duane Shields vs (far lane) Rachel Meyer

(LEFT) (near lane) Mick Steele 5.369 - 268.87 vs (far lane) Jackie Fricke 5.305 - 274.78

(RIGHT) (near lane) Duane Shields 5.287 - 278.46 vs (far lane) Rachel Meyer 5.175 - 285.53

Rachel Meyer - AFD

Rachel Meyer


TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR - Qualifying Session #2


(near lane) Tony Bogolo vs (far lane) D.J. Cox Jr. --- Rob Pfeister

(LEFT) (near lane) Tony Bogolo 5.712 - 257.53 vs (far lane) D.J. Cox Jr. 5.627 - 234.98

(RIGHT) Rob Pfeister 5.890 - 242.71

Phil Esz

Phil Esz 5.627 - 244.12


MOUNTAIN MOTOR PRO STOCK - Qualifying Session #1


(near lane) Johnny Pluchino vs (far lane) John DeFlorian Jr. --- (near lane) Johnny Pluchino vs (far lane) John DeFlorian Jr.

Johnny Pluchino --- Bill Neri

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Mike Bell --- Brad Waddle

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Elijah Morton

TOP FUEL HARLEY - Qualifying Session #1


Ryan Peery ---

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Ryan Peery --- Ryan Peery
Ryan Peery --- Ryan Peery

Tyler Wilson --- Tyler Wilson

Tyler Wilson --- Randal Andras

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Tii Tharpe --- Tii Tharpe


PRO MODIFIED - Qualifying Session #1


Stevie Jackson --- Brandon Snider

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

(near lane) Clint Satterfield vs (far lane) 'unidentified'

PRO STOCK - Qualifying Session #1


(near lane) Troy Coughlin Jr. vs (far lane) Bruno Massel --- (near lane) Alex Laughlin vs (far lane) Greg Anderson

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Deric Kramer --- (near lane) Erica Enders vs (far lane) Kenny Delco

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

(near lane) Jeg Coughlin Jr. vs (far lane) Jason Line


PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE - Qualifying Session #1


(near lane) Angie Smith vs (far lane) Angelle Sampey --- (near lane) Andrew Hines vs (far lane) Hector Arana Jr.

(LEFT) (near lane) Angie Smith 6.910 - 195.34 vs (far lane) Angelle Sampey 6.847 - 195.00

(RIGHT) (near lane) Andrew Hines vs 6.855 - 196.93 (far lane) Hector Arana Jr. 6.938 - 195.76


Andrew Hines

Andrew Hines


FUNNY CAR - Qualifying Session #!


(near lane) Dale Creasy Jr.vs (far lane) Mike McIntire Jr. --- Blake Alexander

(LEFT) (near lane) Dale Creasy Jr. 4.122 - 280.60 vs (far lane) Mike McIntire Jr. 4.288 - 223.99

(RIGHT) Blake Alexander 4.109 - 308.78

Terry Haddock --- Cruz Pedregon

(LEFT) Terry Haddock 4.968 - 158.33

(RIGHT) Cruz Pedregon 5.101 - 144.71

(near lane) J.R. Todd vs (far lane) Alexis DeJoria --- (near lane) Matt Hagan vs (far lane) Tim Wilkerson

(LEFT) (near Lane0 J.R. Todd 4.020 - 319.67 vs (far lane) Alexis DeJoria 5.494 - 130.32

(RIGHT) (near lane) Matt Hagan 3.982 - 320.81 vs (far lane) Tim Wilkerson 4.735 - 170.99


(near lane) Jack Beckman vs (far lane) Tommy Johnson Jr.

(near lane) Jack Beckman 4.707 - 170.43 vs (far lane) Tommy Johnson Jr. 3.976 - 318.54


TOP FUEL - Qualifying Session #1


Pat Dakin --- Terry McMillen

(LEFT) Pat Dakin 4.030 - 275.62

(RIGHT) Terry McMillen 4.299 - 191.29


Antron Brown --- (near lane) Leah Pruett vs (far lane) Doug Kalitta

(LEFT) Antron Brown 3.868 - 311.41

(RIGHT) (near lane) Leah Pruett 3.887 - 314.68 vs (far lane) Doug Kalitta 4.089 - 257.28


Steve Torrence --- Steve Torrence

Steve Torrence 3.814 - 321.81


TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER - Qaulifying Session #3 (FINAL)


Shawn Cowie --- (near lane) Will Smith vs (far lane) Brandon Greco

(LEFT) Shawn Cowie 5.284 - 276.63

(RIGHT) (near lane) Will Smith 5.527 - 259.66 vs (far lane) Brandon Greco 6.319 - 137.71


Krista Baldwin --- (near Lane) Duane Shields vs (far lane) Rachel Meyer

(LEFT) Krista Baldwin 7.745 - 112.44

(RIGHT) (near lane) Duane Shields 5.313 - 276.69 vs (far lane) Rachel Meyer 5.237 - 281.95


TOP FUEL HARLEY - Qualifying Session #2


Ryan Peery --- Ryan Peery

Ryan Peery 6.569 - 210.05


(near lane) Ricky House vs (far lane) Tracy Kile --- Tii Tharpe

(LEFT) (near lane) Ricky House 6.515 - 211.49 vs (far lane) Tracy Kile 6.615 - 221.20

(RIGHT) Tii Tharpe 7.169 - 146.24


Tii Tharpe --- Tii Tharpe

Tii Tharpe --- Tii Tharpe


PRO MODIFIED - Qualifying Session #2 (FINAL)


Todd Tutterow --- Chip King

(LEFT) Todd Tutterow 6.019 243.50

(RIGHT) Chip King 5.917 - 244.47


Brandon Snider

Brandon Snider 6.001 - 240.68


PRO STOCK Qualifying - Session #2 (FINAL)

(near lane) Erica Enders vs (far lane) Greg Anderson

(near lane) Erica Enders 6.620 - 208.91 vs (far lane) Greg Anderson 6.612 - 207.88


PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE Qualifying - Session #2 (FINAL)
Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson


(near lane) Angie Smith vs (far lane) Scotty Pollacheck --- (near lane) Andrew Hines vs (far lane) John Hall

(LEFT) (near lane) Angie Smith 6.878 - 196.50 vs (far lane) Scotty Pollacheck 6.892 - 195.11

(RIGHT) (near lane) Andrew Hines 6.905 - 196.73 vs (far lane) John Hall 6.908 - 194.32


John Hall --- Ryan Oehler

(LEFT) John Hall

(RIGHT) Ryan Oehler 6.922 - 196.99


FUNNY CAR Qualifying - Session #2 (FINAL)

Cruz Pedregon

Cruz Pedregon 3.988 - 316.38


(near lane) Jack Beckman vs (far lane) Tim Wilkerson --- (near lane) Matt Hagan vs (far lane) Tommy Johnson Jr.

(LEFT) (near lane) Jack Beckman 4.621 - 179.90 vs (far lane) Tim Wilkerson 4.516 - 189.95

(RIGHT) (near lane) Matt Hagan 4.457 - 199.29 vs (far lane) Tommy Johnson Jr. 4.141 - 244.12


TOP FUEL Qualifying - Session #2 (FINAL)
(near lane) Kyle Wurtzel vs (far lane) Lex Joon --- Shawn Langdon

(LEFT) (near lane) Kyle Wurtzel 4.818 - 153.54 vs (far lane) Lex Joon 4.444 - 189.58

(RIGHT) Shawn Langdon 4.187 - 216.69


Justin Ashley --- Steve Torrence

(LEFT) Justin Ashley 4.586 - 170.06

(RIGHT) Steve Torrence 3.854 - 321.35


SUNDAY - Eliminations


TOP FUEL - Eliminations - Round One


(near lane) Pat Dakin vs (far lane) Doug Foley --- Doug Kalitta

(LEFT) Pat Dakin (near lane) (0.082) 3.837 - 320.74 vs Doug Foley (far lane) (0.089) 3.893 - 270.27

(RIGHT) Doug Kalitta (0.070) 3.767 - 325.85

Lex Joon --- Joe Morrison

(LEFT) Lex Joon (0.091) 4.586 - 181.86

(RIGHT) Joe Morrison (0.102) 4.083 - 204.56


(near lane) Shawn Langdon vs (far lane) Leah Pruett --- (near lane) Terry Totten vs (far lane) Billy Torrence

(LEFT) Shawn Langdon (near lane) (0.055) 3.839 - 304.19 vs Leah Pruett (far lane) (0.074) 3.749 - 325.53

(RIGHT) Terry Totten (near lane) (-0.020) 4.075 - 282.24 vs Billy Torrence (far lane) (0.085) 3.801 - 314.12


FUNNY CAR - Eliminations - Round One


Tim Wilkerson --- Mike McIntire Jr.

(LEFT) Tim Wilkerson (0.086) 4.413 - 203.25

(RIGHT) Mike McIntire Jr. (0.092) 4.608 - 187.83


Terry Haddock (0.169) 4.194 - 277.89


PRO STOCK - Eliminations - Round One


Jason Line

Jason Line 0.074 6.607 - 208.33


PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE - Eliminations - Round One


Hector Arana Jr. --- Hector Arana Jr.

Hector Arana Jr. (0.042) - 6.897 - 196.39


(near lane) Jerry Savoie vs (far lane) Scotty Pollachek --- (near lane) Jerry Savoie vs (far lane) Scotty Pollachek

(near lane) Jerry Savoie (0.002) 6.920 - 194.46 vs (far lane) Scotty Pollacheck (0.022) 6.861 - 198.29


Scotty Pollacheck --- Matt Smith

(LEFT) Scotty Pollacheck

(RIGHT) Matt Smith (0.066) 7.006 - 195.73


Andrew Hines --- Andrew Hines

Andrew Hines (0.047) 6.902 - 196.85


PRO STOCK - Eliminations - Round Two


(near lane0 Chris McGaha vs (far lane) Jason Line

(near lane) Chris McGaha (0.031) 6.654 - 207.66 vs (far lane) Jason Line (0.042) 6.632 - 208.01


PRO MODIFIED - Eliminations - Round Two


(near lane) Khalid alBalooshi vs (far lane) Jonathan Gray

(near lane) Khalid alBalooshi (0.089) 5.795 - 250.60 vs Jonathan Gray (0.026) 5.834 - 249.35


TOP FUEL HARLEY - Eliminations - Round One


(near lane) Ryan Peery (0.121) 5.515 - 219.04 vs (far lane) Tracy Kile (0.097) 6.619 - 207.34


Tracy Kile --- Tracy Kile --- Tracy Kile

Tracy Kile


--- Randal Andras

Randal Andras (0.098) 6.467 - 213.68


Tii Tharpe --- Tii Tharpe

Tii Tharpe (0.051) 6.522 - 195.56


TOP FUEL - Eliminations - Round Three


(near lane) Leah Pruett vs (far lane) Steve Torrence --- (near lane) Terry McMillen vs (far lane) Doug Kalitta

(LEFT) (near lane) Leah Pruett (0.084) 3.861 - 316.60 vs (far lane) Steve Torrence (0.078) 3.819 - 320.51

(RIGHT) (near Lane) Terry McMillen (0.071) 4.043 - 282.85 vs (far lane) Doug Kalitta (0.089) 4.059 - 260.41


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